The Grand Forks Police Department has confirmed that Officer Cody Holte, 29, died from injuries sustained in a May 27 shootout in Grand Forks.
Holte, a Hendrum, Minn., native, is survived by his wife of four years and a 10-month-old son. According to a wedding notice published in the Herald in 2016, Holte is a 2010 graduate of Norman County West High School and a 2015 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with degrees in criminal justice and military service. He also was a member of the North Dakota National Guard.
Holte was one of two people to die in a gunfire exchange Wednesday afternoon in Grand Forks, which was initiated when Grand Forks County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to serve an eviction notice to the tenant of 1267 S. 17th St. #303.
Around 2:30 p.m., Salamah Pendleton, 41, open fired on the officers “unexpectedly” from within the apartment, according to police. One GFSO deputy suffered non-life-threatening injuries and is in stable condition. Holte died from his injuries. Pendleton suffered gunshot wounds and was transported to Altru Hospital. A civilian woman who was also inside the apartment at the time died from fatal gunshot wounds, police said.
Police Chief Mark Nelson said in a Wednesday night press conference that in total, two GFPD officers, two GFSO deputies and two civilians were in the apartment at the time of the shooting.